By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
17
As indicated in our March 6 post, on March 5, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to institute an investigation of certain optoelectronic devices, components thereof, and products containing the same.  Certain Optoelectronic Devices, Components Thereof, And Products Containing the Same (337-TA-669).

Since our March 6 post, ALJ Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ Theodore R. Essex will handle this investigation.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
16
According to an excerpt from the March 13, 2009 Federal Register, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice indicating that its Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) will be unavailable for use from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009 until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009.

According to the notice, while EDIS is shut down the ITC plans to roll out EDIS3, a new and improved EDIS system with better technical performance.


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By Barry Herman
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Mar
16
On March 13, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a Notice determining to review in part the final Initial Determination (“ID”) issued by Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers, Jr. on January 12, 2009, in the matter of Certain Silicon Microphone Packages and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-629).  Please note that Oblon Spivak represents MEMS Technology Berhad (“MemsTech”) in this matter. 

This investigation was instituted on January 14, 2008, based on the complaint of Knowles Electronics, LLC of Itasca, Illinois.  The sole respondent is MemsTech of Malaysia.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
13
On March 12, 2009, ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued an order granting a joint motion to stay the investigation filed in Certain Flash Memory Chips and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-664).  According to the order, the private parties filed a motion to stay the investigation for ninety days to gain the necessary approvals to effectuate the agreed-upon settlement between the Spansion complainants and the Samsung respondents, which would result in termination of the investigation. 

Further, according to the order, on March 11, 2009 Spansion filed a notice of commencement of bankruptcy proceedings and an automatic stay in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Although Spansion and Samsung have fully agreed to the settlement agreement, because Spansion filed for bankruptcy, the settlement agreement is subject to the Bankruptcy Court’s approval which may take up to ninety days.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
12
On March 10, 2009, ALJ Carl C. Charneski issued a notice indicating that he granted Complainant Farouk System, Inc.’s motion for summary determination of violation of section 337 in the matter of Certain Hair Irons and Packaging Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-637).  The notice further indicates that ALJ Charneski also issued a Recommended Determination (in the same order) recommending the issuance of a general exclusion order.  ALJ Charneski’s order granting complainant’s motion for summary determination was issued as a confidential document and a public version is not yet available.

We will provide additional information regarding this order once the public version issues.


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